Kenya bags 14 medals in the Olympics

Gold 5
Women’s 800M, Pamela Jelimo
Men’s 3000M steeplechase, Brimin Kipruto
Men’s 800M, Wilfred Bungei
Women’s 1500M, Nancy Langat
Men’s Marathon, Samuel Wanjiru

Silver 5
Women’s Marathon, Catherine Ndereba
Women’s 3000M steeplechase, Eunice Jepkorir
Women’s 800M, Janeth Jepkosgei
Men’s 1500M, Asbel Kiprop
Men’s 5000M, Eliud Kipchoge

Bronze 4
Men’s 10000M, Micah Kogo
Men’s 3000M steeplechase, Richard Mateelong
Men’s 800M, Alfred Yego
Men’s 5000M, Edwin Soi

Double performances
Women’s 800M, Gold and Silver
Men’s 3000M steeplechase, Gold and Bronze
Men’s 800M, Gold and Bronze
Men’s 5000M, Silver and Bronze

What a day it was yesterday, when Kenya’s Marathon winner, 21-year old Samuel Wanjiru was awarded the last gold of the event by the IOC president in the closing ceremony at the bird’s nest. The Kenya national anthem playing as he stood on the podium, surrounded by all the participating athletes on the ground, 90,000 standing spectators in the stadium, and a billion viewers worldwide as his eyes stung red in the emotion of it all, as I watched live with pride from my home thousand of miles away.

Apart from athletics, Kenya also participated in taekwondo, swimming, rowing and boxing but didn’t pick any medals there. The biggest hope was in swimming when Jason Dunford finished 5th in the 100M butterfly final. Kenya finished as the highest African country, and an impressive 15th overall (by gold) in the tables.

This was also Kenya’s best Olympics as they bettered their Seoul 88 record of 5-2-2 (nine medals).

Daily Nation

Source: Daily Nation


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